“ Manufacturer: Whittards / Type: Chocolate Drink „
Price: £5 for 500g (each tub contains 25 servings).
Ingredients = Raw Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Black Tea Extract, Natural Flavouring. 40 calories per 100ml
Having discovered the world of flavoured teas only recently I was eager to try some of the Whittard products on offer, having received some of their samples in the past.
Dreamtime is by far my favourite Whittard instant drink, it is truly addictive! After a stressful day the first thing I do is pop on the kettle and make a large hot cup of this (apparently it can be drunk cold but I don't find it quite the same). It comes in a granular form and by adding just 5 teaspoons to 300ml of water you can make a stunning drink; no messing with tea bags or loose leaves. Whittards recommend mixing 3 spoonfulls with 200ml but I prefer a large cup; basically it is easy to adapt the measurements to meet your needs. The taste is gorgeous, very fruity and sweet (probably to do with the amount of sugar it has in it) and the honey-fied scent to match. The packaging is cute, with a sleep/moon inspired design, and the round tin makes it easy to slip into a cupboard.
Overall: This drink really is a dream and it has become a yummy part of my routine. Whittards often have offers or tasting sessions available on many of their flavoured teas and so I would recommend visiting your nearest shop to give these awesome drinks a try.
Because of having to study pretty much every hour god sends at the moment, and being fairly keen to shift a few pounds for summer, I have been trying to cut down my alcohol intake, and so find myself drinking endless cups of tea in the evening. Caffeine obviously isn't good for sleep at all, so I've been trying a variety of different types of herbal and fruit teas, tea drinks and hot chocolates.
I've always been a fan of Whittards regular tea and hot chocolate, and recently they had a promotion on where you could buy 3 tubs of hot chocolate or fruit tea for around £12 (they're priced at about £5 each individually). I bought my 2 favourite hot chocolates and decided to spread my wings and try a tea. I went for the 'dreamtime' tea, which is flavoured with apricot, honey and vanilla (as many of you will know, I'm a total vanilla freak).
So basically the product consists of a 500g cardboard tub, covered in very pleasant illustrations of a moon with a face on it, and some stars and planets. It has nutritional information on the back, and it also tells you that it is made with natural cane sugar.
This is in fact, the main problem - it's almost entirely sugar, just mixed with some flavourings and black tea extract. In fact, per cup you get around 80 calories! This is obviously not ideal but when you consider that my normal evening drink would have been a can of stella or a large glass of wine coming in at between 150 and 250 calories then it's still worth the switch.
So, I set to work putting the kettle on and making myself a nice cup of tea. When you open the pack there is a foil insert which you have to pull off, which comes away easily, and you are met immediately with the aroma of the apricot and the vanilla. The honey is not immediately noticeable in the smell of the product. It has the appearance (perhaps unsurprisingly) of coarse brown sugar. Tasting a couple of grains I found it to be quite sour, a little like confectionery of some kind, and while it was pleasant enough I was hoping that my tea wouldn't taste that sour, as it would become cloying.
The first time I used this I added the suggested amount (3 heaped teaspoons), but I have since discovered that I actually like it with just 2 (which also cuts out some of the calories). The powder dissolves quite quickly and easily in the water, though you do need to give it a good stir.
Taste-wise I was very impressed with this tea, it was quite sweet but also very fruity, and the vanilla and the honey really did work to make you feel very relaxed. I'm not sure the sugar is the best thing to have when you're trying to get off to sleep, but I haven't found that it keeps me up, and it's certainly better than the caffeine content of most hot drinks. The taste is quite complex, and the smell of the tea when it's just been made is heavenly.
In conclusion, I would recommend this tea for people who are trying to cut down on caffeine/get a good night's sleep without the night-cap. It's probably not for dieters though.
This drink is beautiful for a bedtime sweetener and restful nights sleep.
I say sweetener because it is just that incredibly sweet but dont let that put you off because its a lovely drink and quite refreshing as well as comforting to drink before bed.
With a combination of vanilla and honey the sweet tastes are apparent from the moment this drink touches your lips but with the extra of chamomile which is generally used as a tea to calm and relax before bedtime it is perfect for people who need a tasty bedtime drink and cannot stand the bitter taste of chamomile tea.
It comes in a powder form in a tub and 3-4 teaspoons are needed to then have boiled water placed on top and stirred. Bare in mind this isnt a drink that requires milk generally, so it can be incredibly hot to drink straight away but well worth to take up to bed and sip whilst reading a book or magazine.
I suffered from insomnia for a period of time a few years ago and tried so many things and someone recommended this to me and it surprisingly worked, I had one mug before bed every night and it relaxed and calmed me enough to rest my eyes and fall asleep. Its not heavy on the stomach like other milky bedtime drinks and is almost like a hot juice to take to bed but with a gorgeous taste. Excellent in fact for bedtime when you are poorly with throat infections or such and generally throughout the day as with the honey and apricot this soothes the throat as well as relaxes the nerves.
I recommened this totally, try it especially if you experience trouble sleeping, but its pricey at £5.99 a tub, it will last you a long time, but certainly isnt a drink to buy each week.
I was a regular visitor in Whittards when there was one in the great big hulking monstrosity of a shopping centre known as Meadowhall. Since they often have taste opportunities for their own brand of fruit teas I've tasted most and bought many of them too.
Whittards sell many of their own teas and coffees and this particular range is reasonably unique in my experience, much like the crystallised Turkish teas, made primarily of sugar and fruit flavourings.
Dreamtime tea was one of the free tasters one day and it really tickled my tastebuds, evoking bizarrely romanticised ideas of flickering firelight and cosy pyjamas. Naturally that's not quite what you get but it is pretty good.
So, what you do get is a cylindrical cardboard tub with the attractive and distinctive images which separate this from the other flavours sold at Whittards. The top has a plastic lid which hides a foil seal.
It was quite an experience opening the tub for the first time, I ripped off the foil, quite easily but with it came a small, very fine, pinkish coloured cloud of tea dust. It was like a momentous event with a huge finale. You could see it, smell it and taste it, it was a full multi sensory tea experience and one which I'd recommend in a somewhat peculiar and laughable way!
Once it's open you can see the tub is foil lined, all the better for maintaining freshness. You'll see 500ml of a pinkish beige granulated product. Much like a funny coloured sugar and that's hardly surprising as the primary ingredient is raw cane sugar. Following that you'll find citric acid, black tea extract and natural flavouring, which I'm guessing would be where the camomile, honey, apricot and vanilla come in.
Those fruity and smooth flavours are liquid nectar. Sublime, sweetness on the tongue and perfect for a winters night.
So, the making of the tea. We use mugs in our house, great big blistering vessels in which to make large drinks, so we use three reasonably heaped teaspoons of Dreamtime to a mug of hot water and stir vigorously.
You can make all of Whittards fruit teas as chilled drinks and they are fabulously refreshing in summer with ice. However, the experience is quite different and emphasis is placed on different flavours. If you mix the tea only with cold water you'll find more of the fruit flavour seems apparent and you'll be left with undissolved granules at the bottom of the glass. However if you mix it with just a little boiling water and then add ice and top up with cold water, the whole product has chance to dissolve and the full blend of flavours is experienced.
I prefer it hot and I really do find myself melting into the chair if I sit and relax with a cup of dream tea.
It's £5 per tub or 3 for £13 and you can mix and match your favoured flavours if you'd like to, there's a good list of choices;
Strawberry & Blueberry, Summer Fruits, Mandarin & Pomegranate and Apple & White Cranberry which are all green teas.
Dreamtime, Pear & Guava, Blackcurrant & Elderflower, Cranberry & Raspberry, English Fruits, Turkish Apple, Piña Colada, Pink Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime, Mango & Passion Fruit, Mulled Wine, Pink Lemonade and
All can be consumed hot or cold but according to taste you'll find your own preferences. I'm less keen on the green teas but even they have their own special yummyness.
I'd strongly recommend Dreamtime and at just 40 calories per 100ml it won't be too much an indulgence.
It's cold, it's winter and I'm off for a cup now!
I love a nice cup of tea - and often drink up to ten cups a day . The thing is, I know that isn't good for me, and I know especially that the caffeine isn't really going to help me sleep at night .
So, I try as much as I can to stop drinking tea at night, and to switch my normal teas for herbal blends that generally contain little or no caffeine . The trouble is, a lot of herbal teas lack substance - but that isn't the case with Whittards Dreamtime Tea .
Now, Whittard tea is probably not going to be available in your local supermarket . If you're lucky, like me, you live in a large city with a Whittard shop - a little haven you can duck into on a stressful day where they always have one hot coffee sample and one iced tea sample on the go . In fact, it was inside the shop that I first tried 'Dreamtime' - a little polystyrene cup filled with a flavourful chilled drink.
If you don't have a shop near you, you can still get hold of some of this tea - they have a website www.whittard.co.uk from which you can order all their products.
So, onto the product . Dreamtime is actually Whittard's best selling instant tea product . You might be wondering what exactly I mean by instant tea - essentially, it comes in granules, a little like those iced tea mixes you can buy, that easily dissolve in either hot or cold water.
It comes in a lovely looking 500g tin , which is approximately 25 servings made up as reccomended, and which costs £5 . The tins are lovely - a picture of a peaceful looking moon nestled behind fluffy clouds surrounded by twinkling stars . I would feel no embarrassment at leaving this tin on display next to my kettle, it really does look very attractive . The tin has a black plastic lid which is easy to remove and replace , and overall the design is very stylish and sleek .
As previously mentioned, this tea is instant, and so comes in granule form rather than leaves or teabags . The granules are a pale apricot colour, and on opening the tin a sweet, slightly fragrance hits your nose - apricots, with an underlying honey scent .
This can be made with either hot or cold water, although the packaging does recommend that if you prefer to drink it cold, you make it up in hot water and then chill for better results . Whichever method you use, the packaging recommends adding 3 heaped teaspoons of the granules to a mug, adding the water, and stirring well until the granules dissolve . I mostly make mine hot, and as I stir, the fragrance of chamomile, vanilla and apricot is released pretty strongly - it is a very sweet, very fruity smell . It also smells incredibly sweet - and given that the main ingredient listed on the label is raw cane sugar, that maybe shouldn't be too surprising .
Tasting the tea, the first flavour that hits me is the chamomile, a good strong hit, followed swiftly by honey, and then a slight slight taste of vanilla . I have to say I can never taste the apricot until I'm four or five sips in, and the main flavour is the sugar and the chamomile and honey . I do start to feel pretty relaxed when drinking this too, perhaps due to the chamomile, which for many many years has been associated with sleep and calm .
I think the recommended amount of granules is about right - I really like this drink, but it probably would be too sweet for a lot of people . A cup, made up as instructed contains 40 calories and no fat . I'm also pleased that this tea doesn't leave gunk stuck to the bottom of my cup as some cheaper instant teas have done .
Do I sleep better after drinking this - I'm honestly not sure . I DO know that I feel more relaxed, and more able to focus on my reading (my preffered way to send myself off to sleep.). I also find this very soothing on a stressful day , not just before bedtime but at any time .
The £5 price tag per tin might seem a bit much, but Whittard often have offers of 3 for 2, or 3 tins for £12, so you can often get a saving, and I do think some of their other teas are worth trying .
I love this drink - it tastes absolutely wonderful, and while I can't say for sure that it makes me sleep better, it does help me feel much more relaxed and centred .
I discovered Whittards Instant teas when at a friends house and am now basically hooked. Dreamtime is one of my favourites.
It is a mix of Honey, Apricot and Vanilla. It is a very soothing and comforting drink, ideal when you want to relax. The taste is unique from any other teas I have tried. It can be served hot which is perfect for winter evenings, or you can also have it cold which I find is quite refreshing. I would recommend making it hot and making it cool down slightly or completely so that the tea properly dissolves. In the summer you could also pop a couple of ice cubes in it! It doesn't have 'a strong tea' taste to it, I don't like herbal or fruity teas usually but this is a lot sweeter.
Whittards sell these for £5 or 3 for £12, which can seem a bit pricey but as I mention in my review of Whittards itself, you get a lot of tea for your money so it is well worth it, especially as it such high quality.
The problem with the tea is it is high in sugar and I normally drink all sugar-free drinks, so I try to cut down on it and only have it occasionally.
Whittards usually have a couple of teas available to taste in their stores so you can try before you buy, which is great.
Whittards is a high quality shop selling a variety of tea, coffee and hot chocolates, Dreamtime being my all-time favourite beverage. For £5, a 500g tub lasts you a long time, so though this does seem expensive for a hot drink mix I believe the investment is well worth it for a gorgeous winter warmer - Whittards also occasionally run 3 for 2 promotions of the drink mixes.
Honey, apricot, vanilla and camomile provide the comforting flavours, sweet and fragrant tones soothing the throat and generally relaxing you ready for bed - if a drink could be described as 'cuddly', this would be it. Caffeine free, this is ideal for all ages as the sweetness would appeal to young children opposed to herbal teas. Personally, this proved the ideal drink throughout winter at any time of day when craving a sugar fix and warm treat.
The only negative I can think of is due to it's sweetness, this may not be the ideal drink for young children before bed considering tooth decay. Other that this though, Dreamtime is a perfect mellow and fruity hot chocolate alternative.
This instant tea drink is perfect before bed. The honey, vanilla and apricot comfort and soothe, while the camomile completely relaxes all those aching bones.